Compare Tums vs. Pepto-Bismol
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Tums (Calcium carbonate) gives quick relief for heartburn, but does not last all day. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about other medicines if you need additional relief.
Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can help for many stomach and intestinal problems, but may take longer to work compared to some other anti-diarrheal medicines.
- Tums (Calcium carbonate) is an effective, first-line medication for hearburn.
- Tums (Calcium carbonate) starts working in seconds.
- Has minimal side effects.
- Available in chewable form.
- Is inexpensive and readily available over-the-counter.
- Coupons are available – speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
- Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) works well to alleviate stomach and intestinal problems and doesn't have many side effects.
- Comes in easy to take chewable pills or liquid, if you do not like swallowing pills.
- Is inexpensive and available over the counter.
- Coupons are available. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
- Because Tums (Calcium carbonate) only lasts for 1 to 2 hours, you may need additional doses.
- May increase calcium levels too much in people with kidney or thyroid conditions.
- May have a chalky taste.
- May not be as strong as other anti-diarrheal or antacid medications.
- Should not be used for more than 2 days if your diarrhea does not go away or if you have a fever.
- For symptoms other than diarrhea, should not be used for more than 7 days without your doctor's approval. Speak to your doctor if symptoms persist.
- Chewable tablet
- Chewable tablet
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- Reye's syndrome
- Children or teenagers that have or are recovering from flu/flu-like symptoms or chickenpox
- Allergy to salicylates
- Aspirin allergy
- NSAID allergy
- Hearing problems
- Age 60 or older
- Drug Interactions
- Aspirin-containing medications